While the next version of Android will soon be unveiled, the current version is only present in 7% of mobile devices six months after its launch.
Android Jelly Bean, Google’s next mobile OS version (possibly corresponding to Android 4.1), should be spoken about in the coming weeks. But at the same time, the current version of Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) remains barely deployed six months after its launch.
In their monthly report about deployed Android versions, it would appear that Android ICS has only 7% of the market, after controlling 5% last month. The previous version of Android - 2.3 Gingerbread remains widely deployed with 65% of all Android devices running this system.
Android 2.2 Froyo follows with declining numbers, now controlling only 19.1%. And since Android ICS had the aim of replacing Android 3.x Honeycomb on tablets, we have seen this specific version of the OS fall to 2.7%.
The initial versions of Android (Android 1.x) are now represented in less than 1% of mobile devices running Android. Android Gingerbread therefore remains the OS of reference for developers, with this likely to remain the case for a while yet.
The future Android Jelly Bean could be unveiled during the Google I/O developer’s conference in June, but the Computex show in Taipei will likely be where an official release is made. Google’s first Nexus tablet, developed in conjunction with Asus and to be named Nexus 7, will be the first device to come equipped with the new OS.